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Former Australian WNBA star Cambage joins Israel’s Bnot Ashdod

JERUSALEM, March 3 (Xinhua) — Former WNBA star Liz Cambage has signed with Israeli Cup winners Maccabi Bnot Ashdod, the club announced on Friday.

Cambage, a four-time WNBA All-Star and the league’s leading scorer in 2018, played for the Tulsa Shock, Dallas Wings, Las Vegas Aces and Los Angeles Sparks.

The 31-year-old Australian center announced her retirement from the WNBA last August, three weeks after parting ways with the Sparks.

“Liz is the best player to ever come to Israel,” Ashdod general manager Uri Ben Simon told Xinhua. “Even our players are excited, no one believed she would make the team.”

Ashdod currently lead the Israeli Premier League with 17 wins from 19 games and are aiming for an Israeli double after winning the Cup in January.

Cambage’s WNBA career spanned 167 games, averaging 15.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game, along with 11 playoff appearances.

She also holds the WNBA single-game scoring record with 53 points for Dallas against the New York Liberty in July 2018.

In between, she played for Zhejiang Chouzhou, Beijing Great Wall, Shanghai Swordfish and Shanxi Flame of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA).

On the international stage, Cambage became a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games and a silver medalist at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

In July 2021, just a week before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, she withdrew from the games, saying she suffered from panic attacks and sleep deprivation.

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